How to make your own dowsing rods
Many ghost hunters use dowsing rods to identify things — like underground streams and electrical wiring — that can create false positives in ghost research.
Others use dowsing rods for a second purpose: To identify areas of high paranormal activity or vulnerability.
Whether or not you believe that dowsing rods work, they’re easy to make and fun to experiment with.
- Two wire coat hangers.
- A very strong wire cutter, heavy tin snips, or a similar cutting tool.
(Some dowsers use just one rod, but it’s best to start with two until you’re accustomed to how the rods respond.)
Here’s all you need to do to make your dowsing rods:
- Cut each coat hanger at the X marks, and discard the right (twisted and hooked) section.
- Straighten the wires enough so that the bend in each forms a right angle (90 degree bend) like the letter L.
That’s it. You now have a set of dowsing rods.
How to use your homemade dowsing rods
Hold one L-shaped wire in each hand, and grip each one gently, forming each hand into a loose fist.
Each thumb should rest at (but not over) the bend in the wire. The rods should point away from you, straight ahead, and swing easily from side to side when you tilt your hands.
There are other ways to hold the rods. Some grip the rods loosely with the index, middle and ring fingers, and then prop the little finger on the other side of the rod to steady it. The thumb is held away from the rod.
Some create handles from the cardboard tubes from coat hangers that are used for hanging up slacks. Cut one tube in half and rest the handle of one rod in each tube. Hold each tube so that the rod swings freely inside it.
Now, tilt the rods down very slightly. The idea is to give gravity a chance to pull on them slightly, so the rods aren’t swinging randomly and by chance. However, don’t point the rods down so much that the rods can’t move on their own.
Now, walk around your home or yard to see what happens. Generally, the two rods will cross in front of you when you are near water pipes.
Some genealogists report similar results in cemeteries, helping them find graves (sometimes hidden in shrubs or tall grass).
Some ghost hunters use dowsing rods to detect areas of paranormal energy.
Once you become comfortable with your new dowsing rods, you can try asking questions. That’s another way ghost hunters (especially psychics) use dowsing rods.
- Start with questions you know the answer to. Each should be a yes/no question, like “Is my name Fred?” or “Is my age 102?” This will establish what movement you’ll see for the answer, “yes,” and which will indicate a “no.”
Scientists can’t explain why dowsing rods work. Some speculate that the rods react to elevated EMF levels and that electro magnetic energy pulls on the rods.
I thought dowsing rods were a lot of nonsense until I tried them. I’ve had equally good results — in different locations — with the dowsing rods from Dowsers.com and my own, homemade dowsing rods made from coat hangers.